Senior School

  • A Fond Farewell

    24 May 2019
    A gloriously sunny day welcomed the Upper Sixth leavers to their final morning at School
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  • Penguin Race

    24 May 2019
    The Junior pupils competed in an hour-long house swimming competition.  Historically the Penguin Race was swum in the old outdoor pool, giving rise to its name. This year the pupils enjoyed the benefits of our indoor pool a far-cry from its historic (chilly) beginnings.
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  • La Salle des Enigmes

    24 May 2019
    On Thursday 23rd May, Onatti Productions returned to SVS to perform a French play ‘La Salle des Enigmes’.
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  • Conservation at Camber Sands

    23 May 2019
    On Wednesday 22nd May, the Lower Sixth Biologists travelled to Camber Sands on a field trip. The aim of the trip was to complete a series of investigations as part of their assessed practical course in the 4.2 Biodiversity module.
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  • Headmaster's Copy Prize

    17 May 2019
    Samuel Millan-Norman in the Upper Sixth, received a Headmaster’s Copy Prize for his fascinating EPQ project.
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  • Club Hockey Finals

    16 May 2019
    Oliver Laird, Louis Ridge, Max Savage and Finn Swaine competed for Marden Russets U18s in the National Tier 3 Finals at Reading this week and had a convincing 5-0 win against a Reading B home team. 
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  • The Cat Conundrum

    16 May 2019
    “When I play with my cat who knows if I am not more a pastime to her than she is to me?”
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  • First Form CREST Awards

    15 May 2019
    Ten of our Junior scientists have achieved their Bronze level CREST awards this week.
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  • UWGCF Athletics

    15 May 2019
    Last Friday, SVS hosted the 50th anniversary UWGCF Athletics event on our all-weather track. The five Foundation schools attended along with governors, headmasters, parents and our special guest, Steve Brown, who captained the GB Wheelchair Rugby team at the 2012 London Paralympics and is now a TV p...
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  • Summer Music Concert

    10 May 2019
    On Wednesday night, the Summer Concert took place at All Saints' Church in Maidstone. The beautiful surroundings added a sense of reverence to the evening’s proceedings.
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  • Girls Hockey Pre-Season Training

    10 May 2019
    I would like to take this opportunity to give you information about scheduled pre-season Hockey training for girls from First to Sixth Form.
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  • OS Golf Day

    10 May 2019
    Last Friday, Old Suttonians, staff and the wider School community came together for the fifth annual Old Suttonians’ Golf Day.
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  • Sergison Trophy

    10 May 2019
    On Saturday, the annual competition for the Sergison Trophy took place on the School’s .22 range
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  • Grandparents' Day

    10 May 2019
    Despite some spring showers, this week's Grandparents' Day was the largest we have ever hosted, with more than 140 grandparents, parents and extended family members visiting the School.
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  • Prep School Maths Competition

    03 May 2019
    Preparatory school pupils from across Kent came to participate in our Maths Competition this week.
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  • Charity begins at SV….

    03 May 2019
    At the end of last term, the students were given a thought-provoking opportunity to be charitable.
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  • MCC Cricket Match

    03 May 2019
    On Thursday, the 1st XI cricket team entertained the MCC captained by old boy, Ben Leale-Green.
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  • Hockey and Rugby Representations

    25 April 2019
    Over the course of the Lent and Michaelmas Term’s an impressive number of pupils gained selection into county, regional and international squads across the sports of Hockey and Rugby.
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  • New Head of Corps

    25 April 2019
    Each year we see a new group of NCOs take over the leadership of the CCF at Sutton Valence School.  We thank the outgoing NCOs for their service and commitment and wish them well in their exams.
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  • Chemistry Olympiad

    25 April 2019
    The Chemistry Olympiad is the leading Chemistry competition for students in secondary education across the UK.
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  • Ski Trip 2019

    24 April 2019
    During the Easter Holiday, 40 pupils travelled to the popular ski resort of Sauze D’Oulx in the Italian Milky Way. We were lucky to have lovely sunshine and good snow conditions throughout the week, resulting in an excellent week of skiing for all those who were involved.
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  • Baton Race 2019

    29 March 2019
    The shouts of encouragement rang out across the School site as the eager runners competed in this year’s Baton Race.
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  • NCO Dinner

    29 March 2019
    Every year the officers of the CCF thank the NCOs for their service and dine them out with a formal dinner.
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  • Ambitious Artists

    27 March 2019
    We have recently heard from three Old Suttonians who left last summer to pursue Art foundation courses.
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  • Bronze Crest Awards for Juniors

    27 March 2019
    Members of the Second Form have been investigating coins in order to develop a method to spot fake coins
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  • Congratulations to our Aspiring Doctors

    22 March 2019
    We are delighted to report that three of our Upper Sixth students who are applying to Medical School this year have been outstandingly successful in gaining nine offers of places between them with one more still to reply.
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  • OS v 1st VII Netball

    22 March 2019
    On 10th March the 1st VII Netball team took on the Old Suttonians (OS).
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  • UK Water Prize Winner

    22 March 2019
    The Big Bang competition is one of the best science competitions in the UK and I am very grateful for having the opportunity to be part of it.
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  • Swim-pressive End to Season

    22 March 2019
    On Tuesday, the Sutton Valence School Swimming Team participated in its final swimming gala of the season. This was an away fixture at Bethany School, with Maidstone Grammar School also taking part.
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  • Henry Builds a Cathedral

    22 March 2019
    The season of Extended Project Qualification completion is upon many of the Upper Sixth who are currently putting the finishing touches to their EPQ products. From essays to lectures, websites and other artefacts, the range of EPQ products on offer this year is rich. One particularly unusual EPQ pro...
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  • Army Update

    15 March 2019
    As part of the training that we offer the Army section of the CCF, we have been taking the Fourth Form and Lower Sixth Form to Mereworth Woods to develop their leadership and fieldcraft skills
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  • Double Win at Netball Tournament

    08 March 2019
    Congratulations to the 1st VII and 2nd VII Netball teams who achieved one draw and fourteen wins between them at the U18 King’s Netball Tournament on Thursday.
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  • Lady Taverners Final

    08 March 2019
    On Monday 4th March, Sutton Valence School travelled to Sevenoaks School for the U13 Lady Taverners Girls Indoor Cricket Tournament Final. The girls were prepared for a good fight against the other finalists having won their cluster a few weeks ago. There were a few changes to the team, but the girl...
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  • World Book Day

    07 March 2019
    On Thursday, the First and Second Forms celebrated World Book Day by having a visit from local children’s author Philippa Joyner. 
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  • Dr Suzie Imber Visits

    04 March 2019
    On Monday, we were delighted to welcome Dr Suzie Imber to speak to the Fourth Form as part of our STEM programme.
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  • Swimming Team Success

    01 March 2019
    This week, the SVS Swimming team has taken part in two away galas against some strong competition.
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  • A Sunny Sunday Walk

    26 February 2019
    On Sunday, the Sutton House boarders woke up to a surprisingly sunny morning and our first instinct was to make the most of it.
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  • Leadership Lecture for the CCF

    18 January 2019
    On Wednesday, the CCF hosted its second leadership lecture. We were very pleased to have the company of Brigadier Ridge CBE, the Chief of Joint Force Operations. The Brigadier was met by an honour guard led by Cadet RSM Fowle and lunch with the Headmaster.
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  • Cambridge place for Magnus

    16 January 2019
    Magnus Linn has received an offer from Queens' College, Cambridge to read Music. Competition for places at Oxbridge is fiercer than ever, with roughly five applicants per place nationally and all typically having straight A*/A profiles.
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  • Hampton Court Trip

    16 January 2019
    The boarders visited Hampton Court Palace on Sunday 13th January.
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  • From the Head of School

    11 January 2019
    Good afternoon School, Today you may be happy to know that I will not be reporting on any of the first eleven’s hockey results or updating you on any of the team’s injuries, even if I did find myself gravitating towards, ‘Last week the first eleven played…’ as my opening line.
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  • Gold CREST Award

    11 January 2019
    Diana Virgovicova has achieved a Gold CREST Award, the highest level awarded by the British Science Association for a student’s achievements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
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  • Sam Mostowfi wins Gold

    11 January 2019
    This September, Sam Mostowfi was part of the Great Britain Team that won gold in Germany at the Cottbus Cup. In November, they competed in France, where the boys claimed the silver medal for the team and Sam won the individual all-round bronze medal. 
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  • Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst

    03 January 2019
    As Contingent Commander, I have been privileged to witness many special moments in the CCF – the cadets parading on Remembrance Sunday, the NCO leaver’s dinner with the heads of section giving speeches, receiving national shooting prizes, cadets who are scared of heights abseiling and the first time...
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  • Carol Services

    13 December 2018
    Once again the School community came together in the early evening chill on Sunday and Tuesday to celebrate Christmas in song and scripture. 
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  • Blue Stockings

    13 December 2018
    The performances of Blue Stockings turned out to be hugely successful despite the short period of time we had to produce it.
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  • Foundation Art Exhibition

    06 December 2018
    The Westminster Schools Foundation held their annual art exhibition at the Tanya Baxter Contemporary gallery in Chelsea this week.
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  • Abbott's Cup Win

    06 December 2018
    On Thursday, the 1st XV travelled to Emanuel School to play in the annual ‘classic clash’.
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  • Mike Tindall Visits Sutton Valence

    30 November 2018
    Sutton Valence School recently welcomed Mike Tindall MBE, former rugby international and England captain, as part of a coaching session for students. Pupils took part in their regular training and Mike joined a number of teams to put them through their paces.
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  • Signalling Success

    22 November 2018
    We were fortunate to have two soldiers from 36 Engineers run a signals course for our Fourth Form Army cadets, this week.  Communication is important in the military with both HF and VHF radios used to relay information from the battlefield back to HQ. 
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  • Regional Title for Under 14 Girls

    22 November 2018
    Yesterday the Under 14s travelled to Redbridge Sports Centre to compete in the East Schools Tier 2 Finals Day. They had previously qualified by finishing runners-up in the county round and then winning the east semi-finals day, remaining unbeaten through the tournament.
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  • Climbing the Walls

    21 November 2018
    Imagine feeling unstoppable. Having the skills, drive and resilience to overcome obstacles and achieve anything you want to. Imagine knowing what it would take to perform to your maximum day in, day out, and believing you could do it. Imagine being able to assess and accept the risks of failure and ...
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  • Mystery solved

    19 November 2018
    The Third Form are all working a forensic project- 'Who killed Mr Sansom?
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  • From the Deputy Head

    16 November 2018
    This year the School’s annual Remembrance Service had a particular poignancy as we marked the centenary of the Armistice with the unveiling of a chapel bell. We remembered those members of the School community who made the ultimate sacrifice as the bell sounded for the first time, once for each fall...
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  • Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph

    12 November 2018
    In the year of the centenary of the end of the First World War.
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  • Historical Association Debate

    12 November 2018
    The Historical Association debate is not for the faint-hearted. Participants must research their topic, write a convincing speech and be prepared to be grilled by fellows of the Historical Association and their panel of expert historians. 
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  • Whodunnit?

    09 November 2018
    Over the course of this week, the Third Form have been trying to solve the brutal ‘Murder of Mr Sansom’. Surprisingly, a number of our staff are suspects for this crime.
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  • DofE Practice Expedition

    09 November 2018
    The Third Form bravely embarked on a perilous two-day practice expedition for their Duke of Edinburgh award, at the end of last Half Term. We were in groups of roughly eight, each one of us nervous and carrying heavy backpacks, and we were dropped off about a five hours walk away from the School and...
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  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    08 November 2018
    Two hundred years ago, in 1818, Mary Shelley published her Gothic novel Frankenstein. In the novel, Frankenstein’s monster comes to life on ‘a dreary night in November’. So it was only fitting that the Sutton Valence English Society met last Tuesday, on a dreary night in November, to celebrate Mary ...
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  • Spanish Study Visit to Córdoba

    07 November 2018
    Twelve Spanish students from the Fourth, Fifth and Upper Sixth Forms embarked on the journey to the south-west of Spain in Córdoba, over Half Term, to spend six days with native host families.
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  • Model United Nations 2018

    10 October 2018
    Eighteen Sutton Valence students participated in the United Westminster Schools’ annual Model United Nations, this week, at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham.
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  • An artist's approach to London

    04 October 2018
    A combined group of Lower and Upper Sixth artists from SVS travelled to London to take part in a drawing workshop with the artist and educator Paul Brandford.
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  • Suttonian is appointed Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet

    28 September 2018
    Each year, Lord-Lieutenant, Lord De L’Isle appoints young people to serve as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet.
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  • England Rugby Academy success

    21 September 2018
    Two senior rugby players join the England Academy.
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  • Senior Kingdon Society Brexit lecture

    21 September 2018
    Last Wednesday, the Senior Kingdon society had the pleasure of listening to a talk by Dr Oliver Daddow, a politics lecturer from Nottingham University and an Old Suttonian.
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  • Sutton Valence School awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard

    06 September 2018
    We are delighted to announce that the School has been awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard. This standard is only awarded to schools and education providers who can demonstrate the importance they place on careers and how they support students to make decisions about their life after sch...
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  • GCSE Results 2018

    23 August 2018
    Students at Sutton Valence School are once again celebrating a superb set of GCSE results. Almost one-fifth of the year group achieved seven or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 7, with an outstanding 10% of all grades at 9, the highest possible level. This is an exceptional performance against the national...
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  • Junior Drama Production

    16 August 2018
    At the start of a hectic penultimate week of term at the Senior School, our junior drama students took to the stage for three performances of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
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  • County and above Sport representation

    30 June 2018
    This academic year a total of 57 students have obtained county honours or above across 13 different sports.
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  • The Squashed Tomato Challenge

    29 June 2018
    On Thursday, Year 5 came to the Senior School from SVPS for a fun day of experimenting and engineering.
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  • Keble College Theology and Religion Essay Competition 2018

    26 June 2018
    Congratulations to Francis Romano (Lower Sixth Form) who has been awarded an Honourable Mention in the Keble College Theology and Religion Essay Competition.  
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  • Informal Music Concert

    22 June 2018
    On 20th of June 2018 the Music Department held the last informal concert of the Summer term in Groves Hall.
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  • UCAS Clearing

    14 June 2018
    If you don’t get the A Level grades to secure your university choice, clearing is the UCAS system which enables you to see which university courses still have places remaining so you can apply for them.
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  • Leavers' Day

    25 May 2018
    This morning, the School said goodbye to the Upper Sixth as the pupils head off on study leave.
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  • United Westminster Schools Athletics Success

    14 May 2018
    The annual United Westminster Schools (UWS) Athletics event took place last Friday at the Millennium Stadium in Battersea.
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  • Twelfth Night experience at The Globe

    11 May 2018
    Last night, the English A Level students saw this riotous, topsy-turvy play at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. A shout-out must go to both Georgia Best and Mrs Westlake who wore wonderfully bright yellow socks as a tribute to Malvolio.
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  • Daisy Hills British Eventing Success

    02 May 2018
    Congratulations to Daisy Hills (Fourth Form) who competed at the British Eventing BE90 one-day equestrian event at Chilham Castle last Saturday.
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  • Eliza Lewis, Head of School

    16 April 2018
    New Head of School, Eliza Lewis, speaks for the first time at assembly: Good Morning School, I hope you had a restful but productive Easter break, and are ready for the challenges of the Summer Term.
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  • Swimming Gala vs Bethany School

    22 March 2018
    On Tuesday 20th March, Sutton Valence School hosted the last swimming gala of the season against Bethany School.
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  • Sixth Form Learn to Waltz

    22 March 2018
    On Wednesday afternoon, the Sixth Form were treated to an excellent exhibition of ballroom dancing, by Maxwell Harrison (Upper Sixth) and Katie Harrison (Lower Sixth).
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  • Head of English as an Additional Language Visits HIKSVS

    22 March 2018
    This week HIKSVS welcomed Head of English as an Additional Language (EAL), Julie Manning. She introduced the Cambridge University English Language Scheme to both a group of parents and the academic staff.
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  • Biscuit Dunking Brings CREST Award Success

    16 March 2018
    In December, during a Second Form Mathematics lesson, Mr Cope dipped his biscuit into his coffee and groaned with dismay as half of it was left in the mug.
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  • HIKSVS Visit to Sutton Valence School

    08 March 2018
    On Monday and Tuesday this week, 12 pupils and their parents from our sister school, HIKSVS in Tianjin, China, spent time visiting Sutton Valence and really getting a feel for what life at this fantastic School is all about.
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  • Thomas Costin VPC

    19 January 2018
    Congratulations to Thomas Costin (Upper Sixth) who has been promoted to the rank of inspector in the Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC).
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  • Matthew Webb Head of School

    10 January 2018
    New Head of School, Matthew Webb, speaks for the first time at assembly: Good morning School and welcome to 2018.  I hope you all had a memorable Christmas break.
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  • 1st XV Rugby Finish The Term in Style

    13 December 2017
    On Wednesday, our 1st XV Rugby team played the Emanuel School 1st XV in the annual ‘Abbott Cup’ match.
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  • Equestrian Update

    05 December 2017
    The School's Equestrian team had an exceptionally successful weekend at the NSEA Championships Plate competition at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe.
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  • SVS shortlisted for TES Independent School Award

    09 November 2017
    Sutton Valence School has been shortlisted in the Whole-School Community Initiative of the Year category of the TES Independent School Awards 2018.
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  • Kent Law Society Lecture

    20 October 2017
    On Thursday evening, a group of Sixth Formers visited the University of Kent, accompanied by Dr Grindlay and Miss Gray.
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  • General Wardlaw Leadership Lecture

    19 October 2017
    The School was privileged to have General Wardlaw deliver the inaugural Leadership Lecture to the Combined Cadet Force.
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  • Gothic Enrichment Day – London 2017

    12 October 2017
    On Tuesday, ten Upper Sixth English Literature pupils, accompanied by Dr Grindlay, Mrs Porter and Mr Davenport, enjoyed a fulfilling day of genre enrichment to aid their studies of the Gothic (the key genre in their linear course).
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  • Three string players join KCYO

    29 September 2017
    We are delighted that three of our Senior Strings have been selected to join the Kent County Youth Orchestra (KCYO).
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  • Intermediate Kingdon Society thinks critically

    15 September 2017
    We are living in an age where the term fact has become a relative one.  In an age of fake news, how is it possible to know what to believe?
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  • Boarders take on Canterbury

    14 September 2017
    Last weekend the boarders went to Canterbury.
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  • My first days at Sutton Valence

    11 September 2017
    Before I came to England, everybody asked me many times a day "Are you excited?" And of course, I was! But I was also really scared. Scared of new surroundings, scared of new people, scared of new learning system...the thing is, I was excited about all those things at the same time! There was this m...
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  • U16 England Hockey success

    08 September 2017
    We are delighted to announce that Louis Ridge (Fifth Form) has been selected for the England Under 16 Hockey squad for 2017/2018.
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  • King's College Hospital donation

    08 September 2017
    Over the summer, Grace Wilson (Second Form) travelled up to King's College Hospital to present the charity with a cheque for £280, which she had raised at the start of 2016 whilst in Year 6 of the Prep School.
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  • HIKSVS opens its doors to pupils

    08 September 2017
    The start of this academic year sees a hugely significant landmark in the long history of Sutton Valence School. As many of you will be aware, we are immensely proud that, after well over two years’ hard work of planning, construction and recruitment, the HIK SVS International School, a co-education...
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  • New Head of School Speaks

    08 September 2017
    New Head of School, Faber Swaine, speaks for the first time at assembly:
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  • Bisley 2017

    06 September 2017
    In the first week of the holidays, Sixth Formers, Ben Murray (captain) and James Collins (vice-captain) led the School Shooting team at Bisley. Bisley is the home of the National Rifle Association and the occasion was the School’s National Shooting Championship. There were just over 100 schools taki...
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  • Pre-season sports start the term on a high

    01 September 2017
    Last week, boys and girls across all year groups had the opportunity to hit the ground running by attending pre-season training camps for both Rugby and Hockey.
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  • Sutton Valence School Pupils Achieve Best-Ever GCSE Results

    24 August 2017
    Fifth Form students are in high spirits as the School celebrates its best ever GCSE results, including a 70% increase in the top A* grades.
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  • A Level Results

    17 August 2017
    Against the background of more rigorous linear A levels, Sutton Valence School is delighted that 14.2% of this year’s results were the coveted A* grade, up from 13.2% last year.
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  • Rugby Tour 2017

    19 July 2017
    Over the last two weeks, 23 senior rugby players, along with Mr Howell, Mr Cope and Mr Dawling embarked on their highly-anticipated North American rugby tour. The group arrived back yesterday from what was a truly memorable experience for all involved.
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  • Charity Showjumping Event

    04 July 2017
    Sutton Valence School's inaugural Charity Showjumping event at Duckhurst Farm in Staplehurst welcomed 88 competitors from over 16 schools.
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  • Sports Day 2017

    04 July 2017
    Last Friday and Saturday our pupils competed in the final and, perhaps, most crucial sporting house event of the year, Sports Day. Students wearing their house colours ran, threw and jumped to the best of their ability to ensure valuable points for their respective houses.
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  • Speech Day 2017

    03 July 2017
    As grey skies turned to blue, Sutton Valence School opened its gates for Speech Day. This year there was a variety of events on offer to all our visitors.
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  • Informal Concert

    21 June 2017
    The final informal concert of the year featured music of varied styles and included performances from across the year groups.
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  • Higher Education Morning

    21 June 2017
    On a very warm Saturday morning, parents and pupils of the Lower Sixth came together at 8.30am over coffee and croissants on the Chapel Lawn in readiness for the Higher Education information morning
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  • Bronze for Sam in Portugal

    21 June 2017
    Congratulations to Sam Mostowfi and team GB!
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  • Year 4 Enrichment Day

    19 June 2017
    Year 4 spent a very exciting and challenging day at the Senior School.
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  • Rose Ceremony

    19 June 2017
    The Rose Ceremony is held in June each year and recognises the unique bond between School and village.
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  • Goodbye Sam and Sebastian

    14 June 2017
    We said goodbye to two of our long-standing late prep pupils, Sam Gray and Sebastian Shaddick, as they went on study leave in preparation for their A Levels.
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  • ¿Cuántos Me Gusta Tienes?

    08 June 2017
    Before the Half Term break, the Third Form Spanish groups attended ¿Cuántos Me Gusta Tienes? by Onnati Productions, an immersive production performed by Spanish actors and aimed at language learners of their age and level.
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  • School team win the Sergison

    06 June 2017
    Held in honour of Captain Sergison who was at the School from 1951 to 1974, the Sergison Trophy is an annual competition, held on the School .22 range. It is, usually, a four-way shoot between the School Shooting team and teams of parents, staff and Old Suttonians all competing.
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  • Rowing to success

    05 June 2017
    Over Half Term, Third Former, Robert Humphris and his Maidstone Invicta crew were selected to row in the National Schools Rowing Regatta competition held at the prestigious Olympic course at Dorney Lake.
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  • Pentathlon success!

    25 May 2017
    On Wednesday Maisie Rixon and Josh O'Brien competed in the Kent, London and Middlesex schools combined events championships in Enfield.
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  • Cricketers' Victory

    24 May 2017
    On Saturday 20th May, Sutton Valence’s 1st XI hosted St Lawrence College, Ramsgate for their sixth game of the season.
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  • County golf success

    24 May 2017
    Last Sunday, Third Former Harvey Sladden played for the Kent Golf team in the second of the season’s Under 14 Triangular matches between Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
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  • Boys win the Cup

    18 May 2017
    Last Friday, the School's Athletics team travelled to the Palmer Park Stadium, Reading, to compete in the annual United Westminster Schools Foundation Athletics meeting. Up against the other four schools in the Foundation, our athletes performed brilliantly across a range of events and disciplines.
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  • Becky Norris March and Shoot 2017

    12 May 2017
    The March and Shoot competition got off to a hesitant start with a few late replacements being needed in all sections due to injuries occurring in the days before. With all three sections with their full complement of five cadets, we were excited to begin the warm-up and get ready to start the compe...
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  • Kent Schools Ski Championships

    09 May 2017
    The day started early for the first ever SVS Ski team competition. We were on the road at 7am for the short trip to Brentwood for the Kent School Ski Championships.
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  • Sutton Valence opens the Foundation Concert

    05 May 2017
    The Foundation Concert was held last night in the historic St John’s, Smith Square, famous for its stunning English baroque architecture and musical significance.
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  • SVS Prep School Maths Competition

    05 May 2017
    Preparatory school pupils from across Kent came to participate in our own Maths Competition this week.
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  • Golfers triumph in three-way challenge

    04 May 2017
    This week, our Golf team played in a triangular U18 match at Addington Golf Club against the national finalists and county champions from Surrey and Kent, Whitgift and Eltham College. Sutton Valence showed its golfing strength, winning five out of the six matches.
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  • Success in the Kent Schools Golf Association County Singles Competition

    04 May 2017
    The Golf team shone at the end of April in the Kent Schools Singles Tournament at Bearsted Golf Course.
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  • International politician and OS shares his memories of the School

    04 May 2017
    The School welcomed back Old Suttonian Jan Hamáček last Friday, who had not returned to the School since he left 21 years ago. Since leaving Sutton Valence, Jan has carved out a successful political career in his native Czech Republic where he currently serves as Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies ...
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  • Power of Words

    28 April 2017
    The great–great–great–granddaughter of Charles Dickens visited the Junior Kingdon Society on 25th April. Lucinda Hawksley, a published author and lecturer, addressed us about her beloved ancestor and his life story. 
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  • Human Geography Field Day

    27 April 2017
    A fascinating topic, first brought forward by Mr Samson, was to consider which of two urban regeneration schemes was more successful: Whitefriars in Canterbury or Fremlin Walk in Maidstone.
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  • Chapel Choir Dinner

    27 April 2017
    On Friday, the Chapel Choir, seventy members strong stretching from First Form to Upper Sixth, met for our yearly meal. This year, the choir have toured Amsterdam, where we performed a large repertoire, as well as singing our usual carol services. We are currently learning Vivaldi’s Gloria in prepar...
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  • Onnati Productions: Le Café

    27 April 2017
    Last Friday, the Third Form French groups were lucky enough to watch a production of Le Café: a play entirely in French, and devised by Onnati Productions for pupils at their stage of language learning.
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  • Un séjour à Senlis

    27 April 2017
    During the first week of the Easter Holiday, four pupils from the Fourth and Lower Sixth Forms crossed the channel to spend a week with host families in Senlis – a small town close to Paris. After an unanticipated detour via Lille, we were greeted by the pupils’ exchange partners from Lycée St Vince...
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  • Rowing results

    27 April 2017
    This weekend saw some fantastic Rowing results from Edward Humphris (First Form) and his brother, Robert Humphris (Third Form).
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  • England call-up for Old Suttonian

    27 April 2017
    Congratulations to Old Suttonian, Nathan Earle, who has been called up to England Rugby Union's 31-man squad to face Argentina later this summer.
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  • Sixth Form Ball

    20 April 2017
    At the end of last term, the everyday Refectory was transformed into a breathtaking setting for the annual Sixth Form charity ball.
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  • Vaulting to Success

    05 April 2017
    Sam Mostowfi has returned from the British Gymnastics Championships with a clutch of medals and accolades, including gold in the under 16 men’s vault.
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  • Baton Race 2017

    05 April 2017
    The shouts of encouragement rang out across the School site as the eager runners competed in this year’s Baton Race.
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  • Careers Convention 2017

    27 March 2017
    Students had a busy morning on Saturday 25th March when 50 employers, parents, Old Suttonians, universities, colleges and training providers gathered together for Sutton Valence School’s 2017 Careers Convention.
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  • Dance Show

    24 March 2017
    This year's dance show, held on Wednesday of this week, was a huge success raising over £500 for the charity CLIC Sergeant (supporting children with cancer).
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  • Kingdon discovers juggling!

    23 March 2017
    Spring made a much-welcomed appearance during week nine of the Lent Term, which took on a very Maths-based theme. Not only did National Pi Day come around on the 14th, but the Fourth and Fifth Form Academic Scholars were also treated to an eye-opening talk by Colin Wright at the Intermediate Kingdon...
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  • UKMT Regional Team Challenge

    22 March 2017
    On Tuesday 21st March, Tarik Abed, Alex Duckett, Charlotte Farrell and Jonny Russell took part in the highly contested UKMT team challenge.
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  • The Gothic comes to life

    21 March 2017
    Following the very successful celebration evening of Shakespeare’s life back in November 2016, the English Society met again this week but turned their attention away from the ‘whole community’ (so warmly embraced at the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death evening) to the smaller community that...
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  • Duke of Westminster Award

    20 March 2017
    We are delighted to announce that Sixth Former, Tom Millington was shortlisted for the Duke of Westminster Award. Hundreds of candidates from around the UK were nominated and the application and Tom's own presentation took him to the penultimate stage of the competition.
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  • Athletics Success

    20 March 2017
    Last Saturday, a Third Form athlete, Joshua O’Brien, represented Kent at The ESAA National Cross Country Championships at the Norfolk Showground in Norwich.
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  • Musical Musings

    17 March 2017
    Tuesday evening saw this term’s second Informal Concert take place in Groves Hall.
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  • Messing around with boats

    15 March 2017
    Last week, the Royal Navy section of the CCF purchased a remote controlled destroyer and aircraft carrier. The Fifth and Lower Sixth Form cadets were tasked with using them in the pool to create an activity for the Third Form cadets to learn buoyage.
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  • Joint Concert

    10 March 2017
    Tuesday evening saw the Prep School’s Bates Hall play host to the (now biennial) Joint Concert; a celebration of musical talent from both the Senior School and the Preparatory School.
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  • Senior team celebrate success at ‘Youth Speaks’ public speaking competition

    09 March 2017
    The Rotary Club ‘Youth Speaks’ public speaking competition took place at the Cornwallis Academy last Saturday.
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  • Eye-opening film for Sixth Formers

    09 March 2017
    The Media and RS departments took a group of our A Level students on a trip to The Gulbenkian, University of Kent, last Thursday, to see the film 'Denial', about the trial of the Holocaust denier David Irving.
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  • Immersive experience for Upper Sixth

    06 March 2017
    The Upper Sixth Drama students went to London to partake in an immersive theatre workshop with company Punchdrunk, to learn different techniques actors use to enhance audience experience through this kind of theatre.
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  • Foundations for Thinking Deeply

    02 March 2017
    A group of Lower Sixth Academic Scholars were recently given the opportunity to venture up to London to attend the Academy Conference ‘Foundations for Thinking Deeply’ day. The
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  • Kent Under 16 Rugby Sevens at SVS

    02 March 2017
    The School hosted the Kent Under 16 seven-a-side Rugby tournament this week, comprising fifteen of the best Rugby playing schools in the county.
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  • U13A triumph at Dulwich Prep Tournament

    01 March 2017
    The U13A boys hockey team made the short journey to Dulwich Prep for their annual mini tournament, which the School has won on several occasions. The boys started the day off fantastically, beating St Ronan's 3-0 with some great pass and move hockey.
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  • England Schools Ski Squad Camp 2017

    28 February 2017
    Third Form pupil, Rory Baillie, has recently returned from a week-long training camp in Geilo, Norway with the England Schools Ski Squad.
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  • Official Opening of Tamang Kharka School

    24 February 2017
    This Half Term, the Headmaster and I visited Nepal for the official opening of Tamang Kharka School in the Himalayas.  Our experience there is very difficult to put into words. 
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  • Leading Professor Speaks to Kingdon Society

    22 February 2017
    On Tuesday evening, the Senior Kingdon society was lucky enough to be visited by John Mansfield, who talked about genetic modification of plants, with specific reference to food crops.
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  • Scholar interviews Rob Henderson

    22 February 2017
    Third Form Scholar Callum Hanna recently interviewed ex-Irish rugby union player Rob Henderson, as part of research for a Scholars’ enrichment essay entitled ‘Should rugby be banned from schools?’.
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  • Founder's Day Service

    10 February 2017
    On Monday, we remembered the founding of our School in 1576 by William Lambe, with the annual Founder’s service in St Peter’s Chapel.
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  • Debating team news

    09 February 2017
    This week, our Sixth Form debating teams headed out to the Oxford Schools Debating South East Regional final, held at Sevenoaks School.
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  • National Ballroom Champions

    07 February 2017
    Huge congratulations to Max and Katie Harrison who competed at the Dance Promoters' Association's Central Open on Sunday.
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  • Swimming success!

    03 February 2017
    Our Swimming team has made an excellent start to the season.
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  • Colour Chemists

    01 February 2017
    Sixth Form Chemists have been using electrochemistry to change the colour of vanadium compounds.
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  • I can and I am

    27 January 2017
    As a School we endeavour to place the emotional wellbeing of our pupils at the very core of our pastoral care.
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  • Kent Mini Tournament Winners

    26 January 2017
    The U13 A and B hockey teams travelled over to Ashford Prep School for the Kent Mini tournament this week.
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  • Much Ado About Nothing

    26 January 2017
    On Wednesday evening, a group of Fifth and Sixth Formers ventured out to the Haymarket Theatre to watch a Shakespearean comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.
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  • Kent Schools Championships Success for new team

    25 January 2017
    The newly re-formed Sutton Valence Cross Country team competed at the Kent Schools Cross Country Championships and our Sutton Valence runners returned with an impressive set of results for their first competition.
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  • Research and review during the EPQ Day

    25 January 2017
    Some of the Lower Sixth took part in an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) day, last Friday, to learn more about doing the qualification and to decide if it might be a useful addition to our studies.
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  • Celebrating the Year of the Rooster

    23 January 2017
    Last Friday, a group of Chinese Sixth Form students were invited to do a short presentation about the Chinese New Year for the children in Pre-Prep. 
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  • New Head of School Speaks

    20 January 2017
    Our new Head of School, Molly Alexander, speaks at Headmaster's Assembly.
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  • Fifth Form Trip to the British Museum

    20 January 2017
    A small group of GCSE Art students visited the British Museum in London, to undertake personal research and drawing as part of their GCSE Art exam preparation.
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  • Going to America

    19 January 2017
    This week we celebrate another significant university success, with Ella Capaldi accepting a place at the University of Miami to study Marine Biology.
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  • Oxford Place for Jess Grindlay

    12 January 2017
    Focus and determination have paid off for Jessica Grindlay, who has secured a conditional offer from the University of Oxford.
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  • Amsterdam Choir Trip

    12 January 2017
    During the Christmas Holidays the Chapel Choir ventured across the Channel through Belgium to Amsterdam, where we stayed in the seaside resort of Noordwijk on the outskirts of Amsterdam.
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  • Hair-raising Physics

    11 January 2017
    This week, the First Form students have been introduced to their new Physics topic - Electricity.
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  • A historic year for Sutton Valence School

    11 January 2017
    A New Year - and a new school in the SVS family! Over Christmas, a historic agreement in the annals of Sutton Valence School was signed
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  • Carol Services 2016

    16 December 2016
    There is something uniquely special about the Sutton Valence School Christmas carol services; the candle-lit Chapel, the Chapel Choir moving beautifully between the serene and the soaring, and the simple joy of the whole School community coming together to celebrate this special time of year.
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  • Christmas Sparkle dinner and dance

    14 December 2016
    After months of preparations, the Friends of Sutton Valence School Christmas Sparkle dinner and dance took place last Saturday.
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  • British Film Institute study days

    13 December 2016
    The Lower Sixth French group went to a study day called Le Cinéma Français: Contemporary Dramas and the 'Nouvelle Vague', earlier this month, at the British Film Institute in London.
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  • Hamlet 2016

    09 December 2016
    “The play’s the thing wherein I’ll capture the conscience of the king”. '​​​​​​​Hamlet' is far more than just a tragedy; it is as much a play about playing. Fusing revenge with love and procrastination with hatred, Hamlet ultimately centres the troubled mind of someone who is stuck in emotional purg...
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  • Tug-of-War

    08 December 2016
    The four houses put forward their strongest teams of eight, consisting of a boy and a girl from each of the Third to Upper Sixth Forms to battle it out for the Tug-of-War competition in the Sports Hall last Friday morning, cheered on by over 100 Junior pupils noisily supporting their respective hous...
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  • Speeches that moved the world

    08 December 2016
    The English and History departments have collaborated this term to offer students complementary reflections on some of the twentieth century's most influential speeches.
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  • Aussie rules in the kitchen

    08 December 2016
    The Sutton Valence gap students took over the School kitchen in the latest of the now-famed Kitchen Takeovers.
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  • Celebration of Shakespeare

    01 December 2016
    Earlier this week, staff, pupils, parents and governors gathered in the Baughan Theatre to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. The English department’s Evening with Shakespeare was a chance for the whole community to celebrate the Bard’s work with readings and performances w...
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  • Sam showcases GB Youth Sport

    30 November 2016
    Sam Mostowfi spent last Thursday night mingling with celebrities at the Park Lane Hilton for the SportsAid Ball. Various elite young athletes were invited to exhibit their sports and Sam demonstrated on the Pommel Horse.
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  • CCF Lance Corporal helps the Red Arrows make history

    29 November 2016
    Having heard that the Red Arrows were coming to his hometown Zhuhai, China, during Half Term, Hongrui (Henry) Zhang (Upper Sixth) successfully applied to be part of the support team.
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  • Rugby Leaders coach younger peers

    24 November 2016
    On Saturday 19th November, ten 1st XV senior Rugby players swapped their playing kit for coaching tracksuits leading Rugby practise sessions for the SVS Under 14 and Under 15 squads.
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  • A Historical University Experience

    22 November 2016
    The Sixth Form historians had a taste of university life on Tuesday attending a Russia in Revolution Study Day at University College London. They had the privilege of hearing five distinguished historians discuss their latest research on the Bolshevik Revolution, Lenin and Stalin, some of whom had b...
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  • Hockey National Championship

    18 November 2016
    A squad of fifteen girls competed in the Investec National Schools' Championship East Round last Tuesday. In order to reach this round, the girls had come second, out of more than twenty schools, in the Kent regional tournament.
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  • Third Form CoPE and Leadership Day

    17 November 2016
    On Wednesday, the Third Form were involved in a CoPE and leadership day.  Leadership is not just one skill, but a set of skills that are developed over time.  These skills were investigated and developed during a busy day, that saw the pupils engage in many different activities.  Some of the activit...
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  • UKMT Senior Challenge Results

    17 November 2016
    Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded a prestigious certificate in the Senior UKMT (United Kingdom Mathematics Trust). A special mention must go to Adam Carroll, who not only achieved a Gold but also qualified for the British Olympiad, where he will compete against the best...
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  • Shipwrecked en France

    15 November 2016
    Last Thursday, the First Form French groups joined Years 5 and 6 at the Prep School to watch a production of Shipwrecked en France. This bilingual play was performed by two actors: one French and one English. Tyler, an English boy, is separated from his parents on a beach in France.
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  • First place in SwimRelay 2016

    11 November 2016
    SwimRelay is a local charity fundraiser with the objective of swimming as many lengths as possible in thirty minutes. On Sunday 6th November, two teams represented Sutton Valence School, the SVS Senior Sharks and the SVS Minnows. Last year the Sharks won, with a total of 97 lengths, so the students ...
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  • SVS Media Hit Medway Media Conference

    10 November 2016
    The Media Studies department took all seventy A level Media Studies students to the Central Theatre, Chatham for the annual Medway Media Conference on Wednesday. The beautiful surroundings of the Victorian theatre provided the perfect backdrop to an engaging morning.
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  • National Open Art Awards

    07 November 2016
    We are delighted to report that First Former, Jemma Yusuf has received second place in the 2016 National Open Art Competitions.  Budding artists, aged 14 and under, were encouraged to submit paintings, drawings, prints, illustrations, photographs, wall-hung installations, digital art and moving imag...
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  • Sponsored Walk 2016

    21 October 2016
    On Tuesday, the School took to the countryside for the annual sponsored walk. More than 400 students, plus members of staff, families and dogs trekked along a five-mile route.
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  • Rock the Night Away

    18 October 2016
    We were all treated to a rousing array of musical prowess, last Friday in Groves Hall. Pupils and teachers from both Sutton Valence Prep and Senior Schools came together for a concert of Rock and Pop classics.
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  • Model United Nations

    14 October 2016
    This week, 100 students convened at Sutton Valence School for the United Westminster Schools Foundation’s Model United Nations.  Twenty delegates from Sutton Valence, Emanuel School, Grey Coats, Queen Anne’s School, Caversham and Westminster City School spent the day discussing and debating a range ...
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  • Evensong Service

    13 October 2016
    Boarders, parents and students were all invited to School Evensong in the Chapel last Sunday. A large and pleasing turnout made for a successful evening enjoyed by all.
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  • Under 13 Girls Hockey Tournament

    13 October 2016
    The county under 13, seven-a-side hockey tournament was held this week.  Ten of our girls set off to The King’s School, Canterbury to find themselves up against Blackheath High School in their first match.
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  • Engineers of the Future

    12 October 2016
    Last Thursday, 15 Third Form students, accompanied by Mr Westlake and Ms Morávek-Hurst, were lucky enough to be able to attend the Institute of Engineering and Technology ‘Engineers of the Future’ day in London. It was a day that promised fun activities based on Mathematics, Engineering and Computi...
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  • Sutton Valence in top 2% for added value

    11 October 2016
    Following our A Level success, the School is celebrating being in the top 2% for adding academic value.  In recent years, we have strived to be in the top 10%, but this outstanding achievement is the true measure of the success of the School; not every pupil can achieve A* grades, but all can improv...
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  • Sutton Valence Dominates at CADSAAM

    30 September 2016
    Last weekend, eight members of the Shooting team travelled to Hythe, Kent to compete in the Cadet Skill at Arms Meeting (CADSAAM) competition. There were 29 teams in the competition from the South East of England – CCFs and ACFs, amounting to 116 cadets competing.
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  • World Languages Day

    28 September 2016
    The First Form celebrated World Languages Day in their Modern Foreign Languages lessons on Monday this week.
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  • Gothic Day

    28 September 2016
    Upper Sixth English Literature students spent Tuesday sampling some of the many Gothic treasures that London has to offer.
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  • World-famous Cellist Visits the School

    27 September 2016
    On Friday the most inspiring man and world famous cellist, Mr Biswas, came to School to do a masterclass with some of the Music Scholars. It was a memorable morning.
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  • Dungeness in Focus

    23 September 2016
    A group of 24 A Level Photography students travelled to Dungeness, to undertake a landscape-based photo-shoot as part of their ‘Passage of Time’ coursework project.
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  • Rugby Congratulations!

    21 September 2016
    Well done to the following boys who have been selected for Kent County squads in their respective age groups.
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  • Intermediate Kingdon Society

    16 September 2016
    The Intermediate Kingdon Society met last night for a captivating talk given by Camilla Carr.
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  • Junior Field Day

    16 September 2016
    SVS CCF arrived on Wednesday afternoon to sessions on drill – learning how to stand and march correctly - followed by a navigation exercise to help to get to know the camp.
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  • Training with Canterbury elite

    15 September 2016
    This summer, girls from throughout the School undertook a three-day hockey pre-season training in preparation for the term ahead. We were fortunate to have ten Canterbury elite players come along to pass on their wisdom, as well as use their experience from being coached in the England system.
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  • Headmaster's Michaelmas Term Letter

    13 September 2016
    The Headmaster shares his thoughts on the focus of this term and some staffing changes for the new academic year.
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  • New Head of School

    09 September 2016
    Our new Head of School, Max Rossiter, welcomed the School and set the tone for the year in his first speech in Chapel.
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  • Gold at Rio 2016 for Old Suttonian

    08 September 2016
    Great Britain won their first Olympic women's hockey gold medal on this summer, with a spectacular shoot-out triumph over two-time defending champions, the Netherlands.
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  • One in three pupils achieved five A grades or better

    25 August 2016
    During this time of increased pressure on pupils studying at GCSE, Sutton Valence students can be extremely proud of their results, with one in three pupils achieving five A grades or higher.
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  • One in five achieves straight A grades at Sutton Valence

    18 August 2016
    Once again, Sixth Formers are celebrating phenomenal A Level success, with one in five students achieving straight A* or A grades.
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  • Last Week of the Summer Term

    07 July 2016
    During the last week of the Summer Term, we collapse the timetable and create opportunities for pupils to broaden their experiences away from School and put into practice things that they have learnt throughout the year.
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  • Remembering the Battle of the Somme

    01 July 2016
    The Deputy Headmaster joined members of the CCF, parents and staff on Headmaster's Lawn to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
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  • Leavers' Service 2016

    01 July 2016
    As they prepare to say their final goodbyes at Sutton Valence, the Upper Sixth returned to School this week for the Leavers’ Service and Dinner.
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  • Wilkie's Last Parade

    30 June 2016
    All the cadets in our Army, Navy and RAF sections turned out for parade in tribute to the service of Lt Col Wilkinson.
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  • Armed Forces Day

    28 June 2016
    Members of the CCF joined the Royal British Legion and members of the Village for Armed Forces Day.
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  • From the Academic Deputy Head

    25 June 2016
    As I write my final article for this academic year, I can look back on a year of interest and excitement as there are changing times in the educational world and at Sutton Valence School.
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  • Rose Ceremony

    24 June 2016
    The skies threatened rain but, undaunted, the School made its way down to the village green for the annual Rose Ceremony.
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  • Cricket Unveiling Ceremony

    23 June 2016
    As well as the School’s Car Show, Sunday also saw the annual Old Suttonian vs 1st XI Cricket match on Upper.
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  • Valuable experience for Business student!

    21 June 2016
    This summer, I am taking part in a 10-week paid internship at the chartered accountant firm, PKF Littlejohn in Canary Wharf.
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  • Car Show

    20 June 2016
    Following on the success of the inaugural 2014 event, the School hosted its biennial Car Show on Sunday 19th June.
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  • On the big screen!

    16 June 2016
    Last year the School was the location for the filming of a new feature film, The Carer, starring Emilia Fox and Brian Cox.
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  • Cricketing Brilliance

    14 June 2016
    First XI captain, Abdullah Adil scored a brilliant 101* against Judd last Saturday.
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  • A Heartfelt Thank You

    10 June 2016
    Mr Dinesh Simkhada, Deputy Headmaster of the Tamang Kharka Higher Secondary School in Nepal has written to express the thanks of the community for the School's support.
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  • Penguin Race

    09 June 2016
    First, then Second Form pupils competed in an hour-long house swimming competition. After the indifferent weather at the start to the final Half Term, the Juniors were happy to partake in this particular competition in the School's indoor pool; historically the Penguin Race was swum in the ol...
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  • Westminster Abbey Trip

    08 June 2016
    The First Form visited Westminster Abbey and enjoyed a boat trip down the River Thames from Westminster to Greenwich. Dylan Cole and Andrew Loy write:
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